The Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.
Not many people think of emergency medical services until the need arises. And when the weather gets warmer, the roads get a little more crowded as millions of tourists pass through Aynor as they travel to the Myrtle Beach area. With US 501, one of the busiest highways in the eastern Carolinas, passing through the small town, the Aynor Rescue Volunteer Rescue Squad receives more than double the amount of calls for service compared to the rest of the year.
The Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc. was chartered in 1979 and is controlled by its board of directors and volunteers. They are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as an emergency care provider and have Internal Revenue Service’s 501-C status.
Formation meetings began in the Aynor Town Hall until they purchased their first building in 1985. They have most recently moved into a new building in 2006. As far as vehicles and equipment go, the Rescue Squad began with vehicles like an Army Surplus 4x4 vehicle, a Chevy Blazer 4x4, and a 1979 Ford type II ambulance as their response vehicles. Over the years they have acquired new ambulances and equipment such as 2009 Wheeled Coach, a Sea Doo water craft (for water rescues) and a Hurst Jaws of Life.
The primary mission of the Aynor Rescue Squad is to continue to provide emergency services to locals as well as the countless tourists passing through the area each year. They also provide education to the community, such as CPR training, first training and concealed weapons permit classes. They also stand-by at local events such as the Aynor Harvest Hoedown and their local sporting events. They offer services and assistance to the local fire department and neighboring agencies in Horry and Marion counties with search and rescue, crash victim extrication, emergency power and lighting, and water rescue assistance.
Everything from new facilities to equipment acquisitions to provided services are only made possible through donations, fundraisers, and grants and most importantly, the community volunteers. Without the generous donations this non-profit organization could not provide the services that they do.
To keep up with their goal to "Promote Safety and Save Lives ", the Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad is in constant need of donations to keep them operational.
If you would like to make a donation, you can contact them at their email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. P.O. Box 297 500 Jamie road Aynor, SC 29511-0297.
They can also be reached at: 843-358-8110 and seen on facebook.
The Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad is always looking for volunteers. If you're interested and able-bodied, you can fill out an application. They'll take you and train you as needed.